Sep 4, 2012

Kloppers’ visit confirms Olympic Dam a pipe dream

Just what is the status of the Olympic Dam expansion plan? BHP boss Marius Kloppers finally made it clear yesterday -- it's nothing but a pipe dream. Kevin Naughton of InDaily reports.

Bleak house or happy house? It depends on which newspaper you read, following the visit to Adelaide yesterday by BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers.

Kloppers was here at the invitation of Premier Jay Weatherill, who was keen to pass on the disappointment of South Australians arising from BHP’s decision to make no decision on the proposed Olympic Dam expansion. Or as Kloppers himself put it: “Until a decision is made, it is not made.”

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5 thoughts on “Kloppers’ visit confirms Olympic Dam a pipe dream

  1. mark hipgrave

    But hang-on, …. this can’t be correct

    Tony told me that it’s all the fault of the Carbon Tax……..

    And when he gets in next year and repeals it on Day 1 (like he’s promised to do) then Uncle Marius will announce the OD go-ahead the day after.

    Dont worry, (South) Australia, be patient for just a few more months!

  2. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Mark , don’t you mean years and years?

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Unlike perishables what is left in the ground today will be there for future generations to exploit. Whats wrong with that?

  4. AR

    “put not your trust in magnates”to paraphrase Machiavelli’s advice to The Prince which applies just as well to Premiers.
    The question occurs to me, “if you’re so rich, how come you ain’t smart?” – all these fools rushing to dig-baby-dig (no apologies to Gone Rouge), in the commercial world of supply & demand, if supply exceeds demand, guess what happens to price!
    In this case, uranium was the by-product, allegedly, from a copper, tin & silver mine (yeh, right!) and the price, never strong except in the mind of nuke boosters, has collapsed due to that damned gamma radioactivity thang.
    Hopefully, the same will happen with Rhinohide’s Roy Price, iron ore down a third and falling, falling…, and Tinkles and, dare one hope, His Cliveness?
    Maybe then this country can begin to realise what matters, community and the common weal.

  5. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    AR, the collapse of commerce (the commerce that arises from mining for metals or for electricity generation) will do nothing but harm to “community and the common weal.” Be careful what you wish for.
    By the way, who ever alleged that Olympic Dam’s uranium output is a “by-product”? And tin, from Olympic Dam? Don’t think so. “His Cliveness” (so droll) owns a metals refinery currently employing around 1000 people at Townsville. It might be ugly and a potential pollution nightmare but its existence now underpins a serious hunk of community and common weal. No one hopes for its “collapse” let alone abandonment for the community to resolve. What we hope for is that pollution and sustainability issues will be addressed in a professional, transparent and competent manner and that is no laughing matter. We are all part of the compromises that have been made to create the community we have got. It’s not a conspiracy. Our houses, our cars and planes, our way of life and of doing business have brought us to this position and they will take us to the next one. There is no ‘end’, where everything is good (again). That’s just religious comfort food, dreamland.

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